Warriors' Game 5 win wraps up highly-watched NBA Finals

For the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists [VIDEO].

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to defeat LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday Night. The Warriors won, but failed to cover in a 112-95 victory.

"Today is all about celebrating our championship", the organization wrote in a statement released Tuesday.

His fists were clenched as he pondered his latest accomplishment, still wearing his sweaty uniform, ankle braces, kneepads and game shoes. Two years ago, the Warriors victory parade drew an audience of 1 million, and there could be more attendees this time.

"Just the camaraderie, the togetherness, that's what it was about".

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Some reports have suggested James, the best player on the planet, may head to California to join the Lakers or Clippers in 2018, likely bringing talented players along in an effort to topple the Warriors if the Cavaliers fall short again next year. A fabulous first one with and for Durant. He has called more league Finals (nine) on television than any other Black NBA analyst.

What made them great: With a dominant inside-outside combination of O'Neal and Bryant, the Lakers stormed to their second of three straight titles, sweeping three 50-win teams along the way in the Western Conference playoffs.

Irving said that the Cavaliers "finally settled in".

Golden State Warriors players and coaches celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Golden State general manager Bob Myers also was moved to tears given Kerr's courageous Finals comeback from an 11-game absence while dealing with complications from back surgery following the 2015 title run. Before Game 4, there were grumbles as the Warriors breezed through Games 1 and 2 at home and stole Game 3 on the road to take a 3-0 lead. "That's him really playing, really coming through, showing the team that they can depend on him to do his job every day of being defensive-minded". Back in February, guard Shaun Livingston was asked about visiting the White House, but he told a local radio station, "I definitely wouldn't go".

"The Warriors are the template for any period of time when you want to be great on offense and great on defense and have a huge talent differential", assessed Van Gundy. It's not about who scored what. I'm just so happy Kevin has broken through. "We encourage people to pick one or the other. So you have a clear sense of what matters when you go through that stuff".

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"It's just a great group of guys, great community, great arena, great fans", Durant said. "There was never any question in my mind that this was going to work".

"Everybody for the last 10 years knew how good he was but until you break through and win that first championship there's still something there".

Durant and Curry are both free agents this summer, while the market-friendly contracts of Klay Thompson and Draymond Green come off the books in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

This was also their fifth National Basketball Association championship, tying them with the San Antonio Spurs for the fourth most by a team.

Curry had Durant to complement his game this time, to take some pressure off. It's the No. 30 choice next week, reflecting Golden State's top record in the regular season.

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"We're going down as one of the best teams ever and that's a special thing you can not take away from us", Warriors reserve Andre Iguodala said. "When he turned that corner, we became nearly unbeatable".


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